We are going to talk about a dream place, one of those places that, in the collective imagination, exist only in fairy tales or films. Instead, once again, nature amazes us and makes us understand that, at times, reality is much more fascinating and surprising than any special cinematic effect.
It is not new to enhance the beauty of the Maldives: an earthly paradise made of white beaches and fine sand, blue and crystalline sea, colorful and unique flora and fauna in the world.
There is an island in the Maldives, called Vaadhoo, which has an extra peculiarity. During the night, it seems that the stars of the sky also want to take a dip in the blue of the sea. On the shoreline, in fact, some light waves that create a magical, dreamlike atmosphere, undoubtedly unique in the world. What is this phenomenon and what causes it?
- The "sea of stars" of Vaadhoo, Maldives
- Scientific explanation: The "Luminescent Plankton"
- Where is Vaadhoo located? Here's how to get to the bioluminescent beach
- User questions and comments
The "sea of stars" of Vaadhoo, Maldives
The waves of the sea turn into a strip of starry sky. Millions of visitors flock to observe this splendid phenomenon and remain speechless in front of a true spectacle of nature. Silence is a must but it is easy to respect it, one can only remain speechless in front of these luminous particles that invade the warm waters of the Maldives.
The magic continues if you dip your toes in this enchanted water and take a stroll on the beach. Looking back, you will be able to see your footprints, also endowed with that blue and luminous shimmer, just like that of the sea. It sounds too good to be true, yet it is!
Scientific explanation: The "Luminescent Plankton"
While it would be great to believe that all of this is truly the work of magic, it exists a scientific explanation linked to the phenomenon. What is the cause of the luminescent blue light characteristic of Vaadhoo beach? It is about some organisms with bioluminescence. It is a particular condition developed by phytoplankton, a set of many micro-organisms which, using dissolved inorganic substances, produce an organic one.
To do this they need solar radiation as a source of energy. Blue light, in particular, is produced by a protein called "luciferase".
Why do these organisms produce the phenomenon? It is about a defense weapon against predators. The explanation, therefore, is much less romantic than one thinks, but it does not detract from the natural spectacle.
Where is Vaadhoo located? Here's how to get to the bioluminescent beach
Vaadhoo is an island that is part of the Raa Atoll in the Maldives. To get there you need to use the plane. All flights arrive at Male International Airport. Many resorts or some tourism organizations in the Maldives organize specials tour to the island of Vaadhoo.
There are also special and suggestive ones boat trips with departure at sunset, specially organized to fully enjoy the phenomenon of bioluminescence.